Hiking down from Granite Mountain on the Prescott National Forest in January. The sweat from walking across the sunny western slope turns chilly in the deep shade of the draw on the south base of the mountain.
Another trademark clear deep blue sky Arizona day is drawing to a close. The sunset lights the granite crags above with intense yellows and golds for a few minutes.
Then it’s time to finish the trudge down the rest of the trail, back to the parking lot at Granite Lake.
Location: Granite Basin Recreation Area, Prescott National Forest, Yavapai County, Arizona.